VALLEY TALKS: Making History Alive: The Work of Historical Re-Enactors

  • February 18, 2024 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Museum of Work & Culture

    42 South Main Street
    Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
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Civil War living historians and reenactors do not simply buy and wear costumes that resemble the period.  Reenacting requires a great deal of research, dedication and hard work, particularly when going back in time to one of the country’s most difficult periods.  Denise and Paul Bourget will discuss the process of becoming Civil War re-enactors and living historians.


Paul Bourget, CPA, is the owner of Bourget & Associates, with more than 45 years of public accounting and consulting experience. He was the editor, researcher, and co-writer of Towers of Faith and Family, a history of Woonsocket’s St. Ann’s parish, and was the founding president of St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. He currently serves as the Past President of the Museum of Work & Culture’s Preservation Foundation, Trustee of the RIC Foundation, Past Grand Knight of the Woonsocket Council 113 of the Knights of Columbus, and Chairman of the Woonsocket School Committee. Paul and his wife Denise live in Woonsocket, RI.


Bourget is an avid American Civil War enthusiast. As a member of the Federal Generals Corps, based in Pennsylvania, Bourget has been an active living historian, portraying Bvt. Major General George Sears Greene for the past 13 years at many major reenactments. While portraying General Greene, Bourget has given presentations on various aspects of the Civil War at various schools, colleges, museums, and historical societies.


Valley Talks are presented by Amica Insurance with additional support from the Museum of Work and Culture Preservation Foundation and the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Date & Time

Sun, Feb 18, 2024 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Museum of Work & Culture

42 South Main Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895 Museum of Work & Culture
Rhode Island Historical Society

The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st  -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.

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